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BBQ on the River returns to Paducah

Road closures planned for BBQ on the River. Road closures planned for BBQ on the River.

Expect to see smoke if you are in Paducah Thursday, Sept. 24 through Saturday, Sept. 26.

That is because the 21st Annual Barbeque on the River Festival returns through the area.

An estimated 40,000 people are expected to attend the three day event.

Residents and visitors won't leave hungry. Around 35 teams will cook up more than 80,000 pounds of pork and chicken to compete for the grand champion trophy.

Admission is free. You will have to pay for food.

All proceeds from the event go towards charity organizations. 

New this year, there will be three stages of entertainment with the addition of the Farmers Market Statge. It will be on the 200 block of Broadway.

Schedule of events:

Food will be available at 11 a.m. each day.

Farmers Market vendors will set up along the street from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

On Thursday, live entertainment starts at 4:30 p.m.

On Friday, events kick off at 5:30 p.m.

On Saturday, visitors can enjoy live entertainment starting at 11 a.m.

Road Closures:

To setup and host the event, several roads will be closed in downtown Paducah.

Closing Tuesday, September 22

  • Water Street from Broadway toward Schultz Park—floodwall entrance at Broadway remains open for Tuesday
  • Sections of the Municipal Parking Lot

Closing Wednesday, September 23

  • Kentucky Avenue at 3rd Street
  • 2nd Street at Broadway
  • Jefferson Street at 3rd Street
  • Madison Street at 3rd Street
  • Monroe Street at 3rd Street

Closing Thursday morning, September 24

  • Water Street at Washington
  • Kentucky Avenue entrance to riverfront
  • Broadway at 3rd Street

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